09 Apr Tottenham vs Man Metropolis: Spurs can win Champions League however should seize the second – Jermaine Jenas
Mauricio Pochettino’s aspect face Manchester Metropolis within the quarter-finals and can be aiming to finish their opponents’ quest for a quadruple
Jermaine Jenas believes Tottenham have a golden probability to win this season’s Champions League, however he fears Mauricio Pochettino’s gamers lack the inside perception to succeed in opposition to the sport’s serial winners.
Manchester Metropolis’s quest for a quadruple this season will proceed once they journey to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the primary leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday evening, with Jenas suggesting Spurs may finish their drive for a spot in historical past by halting Pep Guardiola’s aspect’s hopes of European glory.
But, regardless of his optimism for his former membership, BT Sport pundit Jenas believes Pochettino’s gamers have but to verify they’ll ship when the stress is on within the largest competitors of all of them.
“Tottenham may win the Champions League this season, however they must reply some large questions if they will get near attaining that,” Jenas informed Objective.
“They’re solely a few wins and a few attracts away from the ultimate, however provided that they begin enjoying to their potential once more. If they’ll get again on type, that is the season to have a go on the Champions League as there are not any excellent teams within the competitors this season.
“Liverpool had been the team everybody in Europe feared a few months in the past, however they’re off the boil, though they hold successful matches with out enjoying too properly.
“Metropolis seem like a special team within the Champions League and conceded far too many objectives and, with a number of the large European teams like Actual Madrid and Bayern Munich now not the drive they as soon as had been, a possibility is there for a team like Tottenham to have an actual go at this competitors.
“To do this, they should imagine in themselves and seize the large moments once they come alongside. Gamers like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi know find out how to seize that second and all the time arise when it issues. Now we’ve to see whether or not Tottenham’s gamers are able to rise to that problem.”
Pochettino acknowledged final month that Tottenham could also be as much as 10 years away from successful the Premier League title, regardless of a number of encouraging challenges for the largest prize in English football lately, with Jenas suggesting these phrases had been designed to stir a response from his gamers.
“Persons are asking whether or not these feedback imply he needs to be there for 10 years to make it matter or is he saying he would not need to wait that lengthy to win one thing, however I simply suppose it was a really clear message to his gamers to step up and show they are often winners,” added Jenas.
“Should you go over a few of Mauricio’s feedback over the past yr or so, you will discover some odd ones in there. What I feel these feedback are all about is getting a message to his gamers, as he feels they don’t seem to be sensing the moments when they should put the foot down and make an announcement.
“The message he gave to his gamers forward of their sport at Burnley a number of weeks again was this can be a cup ultimate and that was a transparent effort to get his gamers up for that sport. They’d an opportunity to get into the combination for the Premier League title in that sport and Pochettino wished his gamers to understand how excessive the stakes had been.
“It did not work as a result of they misplaced 2-1 at Turf Moor and you can see how a lot it received to him as he confronted the match officers after the sport and ended up getting a touchline ban for his troubles.
“He wished to get the purpose throughout and his gamers did not reply. A few of their performances this season have befitted a team which can be destined to complete third or fourth and he needs greater than that, however do these Tottenham gamers have the power or the psychological energy to present him what he needs?
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“I feel they do and, if I am being sincere, I simply suppose they’ve massively over-achieved this season and that is why I feel this criticism is a bit bit harsh. They’ve stumbled throughout a place within the league that meant they all of a sudden had an opportunity to compete with Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis, however they are not ready to do this at this second.
“Should you put the worth of their first XI collectively, it will not be far behind the very best teams in Europe. Folks say Tottenham have not spent the cash, however on any given weekend, they might have Danny Rose, Erik Lamela, Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama on the bench and never many teams have that a lot high quality in reserve.”
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